Apr 1, 2022 - Things to Do

Des Moines' Community Jazz Center to host jazz festival Sunday

A photo of a jazz player.
Saxophonist Chris Byars at Caspe Terrace in Waukee. Photo: Lee Navin/The Des Moines Register via via Imagn Content Services

The Community Jazz Center is hosting a festival Sunday in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month.

Why it matters: It's a great way to pay tribute to Des Moines jazz heritage, including a once-vibrant Black business and entertainment district along Center Street where blues performers played in the early 1900s.

  • Freeway construction in the late 1950s destroyed the district.

🎺 Attend: Noce Jazz Cabaret, 1325 Walnut St., from 1-6pm.

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